DTP leader Ahmet Türk said they would try to support the government’s democratic initiative, also referred to as a Kurdish opening.

 “The Kurdish problem is Turkey’s problem. But there are Kurds living in other countries and regions. We would like to exchange views with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, [former Deputy] Prime Minister Barham Salih and Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani. It is about what we can do to further a peaceful process,” Türk said yesterday, as quoted by the Anatolia news agency, at Atatürk Airport before leaving for Süleymaniye.

 Türk was accompanied by DTP co-Chairwoman Emine Ayna and deputies Sebahat Tuncel, Hatip Dicle and Sevahir Bayındır in addition to Diyarbakır Mayor Osman Baydemir. “We will discuss sensitive points in order to improve peace and fraternity among the people of the Middle East. Our efforts are to contribute to a peaceful process and end these painful times. And to have the Kurds be more free, equal and participatory in these lands where they live,” Türk said.

 Türk added that they would like the government to be more courageous and persistent in finding a solution. In response to a question about the opposition Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) objections to a closed meeting in Parliament regarding the issue, Türk said the topic should be discussed in an open meeting.

16.09.2009

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